Hunter charged in deer tag violation
A Star Prairie man has been charged with a deer hunting violation in St. Croix County Circuit Court.
John L. Baumgartner, 24, pleaded innocent to failing to attach an ear tag to a deer carcass Thursday, March 28.
The charge stemmed from the investigation by DNR warden Paul Sickman who followed up on a complaint Baumgartner had possession of an untagged deer.
The criminal complaint alleged Baumgartner shot two nine-point bucks during the bow season, one in September and one in November and failed to tag one. The deer were featured on You Tube and a Facebook page.
Only one buck is allowed on a Wisconsin archery license. Sickman seized the first buck and Baumgartner's bows and arrows. Warden Bill Wrasses confiscated the second buck from a taxidermist in Nelson, court records said.
The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor offense is a $2,000 fine, six months in jail and loss of hunting privileges for three years.